2013 North Texas Mean Green football team

The 2013 North Texas Mean Green football team represented the University of North Texas during the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by third-year head coach Dan McCarney and played its home games at Apogee Stadium. It was the Mean Green's first season as members of Conference USA, competing in the West Division.[1] The team earned a 9-4 record (6-2 in conference) and won the 2014 Heart of Dallas Bowl. Additionally, it set a school record for average home attendance per game at 21,030. The defense was notable for being statistically the best second half defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision.[citation needed] It received two top 25 votes in the Coaches' Poll to end the season.

2013 North Texas Mean Green football
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Heart of Dallas Bowl champion
Heart of Dallas Bowl, W 36–14 vs. UNLV
ConferenceConference USA
DivisionWest Division
2013 record9–4 (6–2 C-USA)
Head coachDan McCarney (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Canales (4th season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorJohn Skladany (2nd season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumApogee Stadium
(Capacity: 30,850)
Seasons
← 2012
2014 →
2013 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Marshall x   7 1         10 4  
East Carolina   6 2         10 3  
Middle Tennessee   6 2         8 5  
Florida Atlantic   4 4         6 6  
UAB   1 7         2 10  
Southern Miss   1 7         1 11  
FIU   1 7         1 11  
West Division
Rice x$   7 1         10 4  
UTSA   6 2         7 5  
North Texas   6 2         9 4  
Tulane   5 3         7 6  
Louisiana Tech   3 5         4 8  
Tulsa   2 6         3 9  
UTEP   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Rice 41, Marshall 24
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The team began the season with a 2-3 record in its first five games before going on a five-game winning streak, culminating in a win against the Rice Owls, which was televised on Fox Sports 1. After losing to the UTSA Roadrunners, the Mean Green were eliminated from conference championship contention. After defeating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to end the regular season, the Mean Green defeated the UNLV Rebels in the Heart of Dallas Bowl. The bowl game win gave the Mean Green their best season and first bowl win since 2002 and their first winning season since 2004.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 316:00 PMIdaho*NTTVW 40–621,975
September 76:00 PMat Ohio*ESPN3L 21–2724,511
September 143:00 PMBall State*
  • Apogee Stadium
  • Denton, TX
FSNW 34–2714,747
September 2111:21 AMat No. 9 Georgia*SECTVL 21–4592,746
October 52:30 PMat TulaneFCSL 21–2420,734
October 126:00 PMMiddle Tennessee
  • Apogee Stadium
  • Denton, TX
NTTVW 34–721,171
October 192:30 PMat Louisiana TechCBSSNW 28–1320,317
October 266:00 PMat Southern MissFCSW 55–1423,203
October 316:30 PMRice
  • Apogee Stadium
  • Denton, TX
FS1W 28–1622,835
November 92:30 PMUTEP
  • Apogee Stadium
  • Denton, TX
CSS/TWCSCW 41–726,119
November 232:30 PMUTSA
  • Apogee Stadium
  • Denton, TX (Rivalry)
TWCSCL 13–2119,335
November 301:30 PMat TulsaFSNW 42–1017,792
January 111:00 AMvs. UNLV*ESPNUW 36–1438,380
Schedule Source:[2]

Game summariesEdit

IdahoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Vandals 6 0 0 0 6
Mean Green 14 12 7 7 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–4 2004 UNT, 51–29

at OhioEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 7 0 7 7 21
Bobcats 7 14 0 6 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2009 OHIO, 31–30

Ball StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 20 7 0 0 27
Mean Green 3 13 8 10 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2009 UNT, 20–10

at GeorgiaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 0 14 7 0 21
Bulldogs 7 14 14 10 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at TulaneEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 0 0 7 14 21
Green Wave 0 7 14 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Middle TennesseeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Raiders 0 7 0 0 7
Mean Green 7 17 0 10 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–5 2012 MTSU, 38–21

at Louisiana TechEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 0 14 14 0 28
Bulldogs 7 3 0 3 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–6 2006 LATECH, 34–31

at Southern MissEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 13 28 7 7 55
Golden Eagles 0 7 7 0 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–4 2004 USM, 31–10

RiceEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 2 14 0 0 16
Mean Green 7 14 7 0 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2010 RICE, 32–31

With the win, the Mean Green became bowl eligible for the 2013 season.

UTEPEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Miners 0 0 7 0 7
Mean Green 14 7 7 13 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–5–3 1980 UNT, 35–15

This game is notable for being the second highest attended game at Apogee Stadium.

UTSAEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Roadrunners 7 0 7 7 21
Mean Green 0 3 0 10 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at TulsaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Mean Green 7 14 14 7 42
Golden Hurricane 10 0 0 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–17 2011 TULSA, 41–24

vs. UNLV (Heart of Dallas Bowl)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 7 0 0 7 14
Mean Green 7 0 7 22 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 2000 UNLV, 38–0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Conference USA Expands Adding Five Members". KOTV. Tulsa. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
  2. ^ "2013 North Texas Mean Green Football Schedule". FBS Schedules. Retrieved February 1, 2013.